‘The heaven of film-making’: how a Dalit orphan got to tell her own story

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A gift of a camera inspired Belmaya Nepali to rise above poverty and abuse to make documentaries

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Belmaya Nepali’s life changed for ever when, at 14, she was given a camera.

The British film-maker Sue Carpenter had come to Pokhara, a tourist city in central Nepal, to run a photography project with disadvantaged girls living in an institution. One of those girls was Belmaya.

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Written by Rojita Adhikari in Kathmandu
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/oct/15/i-will-have-a-better-life-dalit-womans-struggle-to-tell-her-story-on-film under the title “‘The heaven of film-making’: how a Dalit orphan got to tell her own story”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.